JOB SUMMARY: The Speech Therapist is responsible for evaluation, planning, directing, and administering speech therapy modalities of treatment for in-patients and out-patients. The therapist assumes responsibility in the daily activities of the therapy department. The therapist participates in operations aspects of the department. Ensures that patient changes are accurate and entered on a timely basis. Participates in all infection control, department equipment training, organizational safety, and fire programs.
AGES OF PATIENTS SERVED: These are identified as neonate, child, adolescent, adult, and geriatric.
- Evaluates and monitors speech-language skills and swallow function as related to educational, medical, social, and psychological factors.
- Reviews individual file to obtain background information prior to evaluation to determine appropriate tests and to ensure that adequate information is available.
- Administers, scores, and interprets specialized hearing, speech and cognitive tests.
- Develops and implements individualized plans for assigned clients to meet individual needs, interests, and abilities.
- Reviews treatment plan and assesses individual performance to modify, change or write new programs.
- Maintains records as required by law, hospital’s policy, and administrative regulations.
- Instructs individuals to monitor their own speech-swallow and provides ways to practice new essential duty satisfactorily.
- Plans, directs, or conducts rehabilitative treatment programs to restore communicative and swallowing efficiency of individuals with communication/dysphagia problems of organic and nonorganic etiology.
- Provides counseling and guidance and language/swallow development therapy to disabled individuals.
- Schedules patients for treatment and evaluations.
- Maintains inventory of materials and supplies.
- Respects and understands the patient’s right to treatment and right to involvement in the treatment decisions.
- Practices ethical responsibility based on the cultural, ethnic, and religious beliefs of the patients served and applicable law.
- Possesses interpersonal skills needed to function in a “team” setting.
- Creates a positive, supportive working atmosphere.
Works in harmony with assigned co-workers and other department’s staff.
- Communicates with physicians, other departmental staff, patients, and family members regarding patient progress, problems, and plan.
- Instructs patient, family members or other caregivers in therapeutic procedures and/or exercises to be continued upon discharge.
- Assists in the referral process when additional services are required.
- Accepts and responds to constructive criticism and suggestions and strives for self-improvements.
- Consults with other members of rehabilitation team to select activity program consistent with needs and capabilities of individual and to coordinate speech therapy with other therapeutic activities.
- Accepts and performs assigned duties in a cooperative manner.
- Demonstrates the ability to accept and implement change.
- Displays self-respect and pride in the institution.
- Demonstrates behavior that reflects the image of the institution.
- Maintains and promotes a positive attitude.
- Demonstrates kindness, courteousness, and sensitivity to patients, families, physicians, co-workers, and visitors at all times.
- Assists in other areas as needed.
- Maintains confidentiality as defined by the hospital’s policy.
- Adheres to hospital policies and procedures.
- Arrives at work on time and when scheduled.
- Accepts responsibility for one’s own mistakes.
- Performs quality work in an efficient and cost-effective manner.
- Produces a high volume of assigned work.
- Demonstrates flexibility, initiative, and ingenuity in performing job tasks.
- Maintains personal hygiene and appearance appropriate for the position.
- Demonstrates professional conduct.
- Completes other duties as assigned.
PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITIES: Possesses interpersonal skills needed to function in a “team” setting.
Education: Must be a graduate of an accredited school of speech therapy and eligible for licensure with the State of Kansas.
Required Certification/Registration: Must have current license, certification, or registration with the Kansas Department of Health & Environment.
Labeled as: speech